“Live Apocalypse” by Arch Enemy

Artist: Arch Enemy
Title: “Live Apocalypse”
Label: Century Media Records
Release Date: 8/8/2006
Genre: Death Metal
Rating: 5/5

As someone who has been listening to the musical super-power that is Arch Enemy for a little over a year now, I was very excited to see this DVD announced and subsequently arrive on the shelves for the hungry Metal masses. As I began to watch it I was honestly convinced that this film would do nothing more except firm up the belief that you are witnessing one of the best bands the Metal industry has going today. Fronted by Angela Gossow on vocals, the twin blistering guitars of Michael and Christopher Amott along with the thunderous rhythm section of Sharlee D’Angelo (bass) and Daniel Erlandsson (drums); Arch Enemy is not a band you would soon forget after catching their live performance. Consistency in delivering their brand of Death Metal with a healthy dose of Power is what Arch Enemy is all about. If you have not yet been able to see a show then the video release will surely make you want to correct the error of your ways. Filmed on tour at the London Forum (2004) the show finds the band in prime and their element. This was before the release of Gossow’s third outing with the group (the 2005 released “The Doomsday Machine”). I have to say that the best way to describe Arch Enemy is that it is a full-frontal assault on your Metal understandings. Gossow, while a beautiful woman, is far from the demure and angelic singer one finds in bands like Nightwish or Within Temptation. Instead she is a rage spewing, intense and focused performer who holds the audience in her hand as she sings, part of it in awe and the other perhaps just a little bit of fear.

The Amott Brothers truly rock with their twin axe work and with this DVD fans will be able to see the pair performing on video together for the last time (at least for a while). Shortly after recording “The Doomsday Machine”, Christopher decided to leave the group to pursue other interests. The primary concert features many of the bands staple numbers, and some favorites of mine as well including “We Will Rise”, “Dead Eyes See No Future” and “Ravenous”. You even get a crushing drum solo by Erlandsson, who will impress many of the skin pounders out there with his technique. A three-song segment filmed almost a year later in 2005 features their new track “Nemesis” which is sure to become a fan favorite since it brings more of a traditional sound to the established Arch Enemy style. A second DVD gives the viewer a load of bonus features.

DVD2: The Special Features & Extras are loaded on this DVD. Viewers get equipment talk, “tourtourtourtour” – the mini documentary, Promo Videos: Ravenous, We Will Rise, Nemesis, My Apocalypse and Behind the Scenes and Interviews.

This is a high recommendation and is very nicely put together. The only downside I would find is the lack of a booklet/program type inclusion but instead a fold-out poster. They should have included both for the buyer but overall this is an excellent DVD which is worthy of your attention.

Track Listing (DVD1)
1. Tear Down The Walls/Intro
2. Enemy Within
3. Silent Wars
4. Burning Angel
5. Dead Eyes See No Future
6. Dead Bury Their Dead
7. Bury Me An Angel
8. Drum Solo
9. Instinct
10. Savage Messiah
11. The First Deadly Sin
12. The Immortal
13. Bridge Of Destiny
14. We Will Rise
15. Heart Of Darkness
16. Snow Bound
17. Ravenous
18. Fields Of Desolation/Outro

Official Website: www.archenemy.net

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